There are two ways of looking at life in Gilgil, a poor town in Kenya like so many others. You can get depressed by the scale of problems and think nothing can be done; or you can take the stance we take, which is something can be done, should be done and lets get on with it now!
Our charity, The Sanata Charitable Trust (Sanchat), is a registered not for profit organisation which takes children, some just babies, off the streets where drugs, violence and homelessness are rife. We aim to substitute for the loving family home all children deserve. We care for them, educate them and as they get older train them in skills they can use to the benefit of the wider community. In this way we can help break the cycle of poverty and crime. The work we do gives our children a fresh start which is why we don’t refer to our home as an orphanage - we call it Restart.
Our aims are to be holistic, working for the children and with the community, generating charitable donations but increasingly developing our own income streams from sustainable business ventures. We are supported by our UK trustees who all give up their time, share their knowledge, and donate resources to help us realise this vision.
We have currently embarked on a major project to build a new Restart Centre and provide the children with a modern environment to live and learn. The new space also gives us the opportunity to expand our agricultural and commercial initiatives, so vital to producing the sustainability we need.
We hope our children and the work of Sanchat inspires you. Everyone can contribute, wherever you are. We welcome volunteers and many who visit become friends. Please do what you can and feel free to contact us if you would like to learn more.